Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. J.J. Spaun Leads Suspended 2nd Roound

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J.J. Spaun, USA, leads the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as 2nd round play was suspended due to darkness at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Spaun in control on Friday at Shriners Open

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J.J. had a completed second round of -6 under par 65 to lead the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with a -11 under par total, putting well to give him a three shot lead at the moment;

“I think we were just real deliberate on our numbers out there, it’s super swirly, windy.”

“Out here you’ve got so many undulations around the greens and you’ve got tight hazards next to the pins and the greens, so it’s crucial to get the right number, and we did that well today. “

“That kind of set us up for having a bunch of looks out there.”

“I’m putting well, I’m hitting it well, I’m just trying to play simple golf.”

In second place is Kelly Kraft, USA, who has completed 15 holes of his second round at -4 under for the day, and a -8 under par total, which included a hole-in-one on par three 5th, using a 6-iron on the 174-yard hole.

Robert Garrigus is third, he finished early in the day with a total of -7 under par, carding -6 under 65 for the day, his putter working well, even though his tee shots were not;

“I really didn’t swing it as good as I wanted to off the tee.”

“I was hitting some squirrelly shots, but the putter worked really well today, which can cure a lot of things.”

Many players will come back early tomorrow to complete their second rounds, and then  moving day will begin in earnest.

The current projected cut is +1 over par, and some of them are below the cut line presently, but could make it tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if any of them can recover, it is not impossible.

Bubba Watson, USA, and defending champion Rod Pampling, Australia, are two of those hoping that the cut line stays where it is. 

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Aussie Rod Wins.

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Aussie Rod Pampling wins the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

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Victorious Rod Pampling

Rod carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a -20 under par total, a two shot winning margin.

This is Rod’s first win in ten years on the PGA Tour, and it was very satisfying;

“It’s extremely rewarding.”

“Winning Arnold Palmer’s event is still on top. But coming back from what we’ve had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it’s phenomenal. Amazing.”

“It’s self-belief, and grinding on the Web Tour gives you confidence you can compete against the younger guys.”

Second Place went to Brooks Koepka, -4 under 67 today for a -18 under par tournament total.

Lucas Glover finished in third, at -17 under par, a final round -2 under not too impressive.

Best round of the day went to Francesco Molinari, from Italy, -10 under 61, it elevated him to finish tied in fourth position at -16 under par.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Rod Pampling Hangs On To Lead.

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Rod Pampling hangs on the lead at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as round two was suspended due to darkness at at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Rod Pampling followed up his 11-under 60 with a 3-under 68 and holds a one-shot lead entering the weekend. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Rod, from Australia, carded a completed -3 under par 68 today in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par, as darkness once again prevented the second round to be completed by everyone.

Rod was happy that no one had put in a low round today;

“You know, no one really in the groups this afternoon have gone super low.”

 “We’re right there, as the leader. I don’t know if we’ll finish there, but just the confidence I’ve got in myself.”

“I can’t worry about what anyone else is doing. I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing, which has been good enough so far to be tied for the lead, so hopefully in two more days it’ll still be there.”

Brooks Koepka is in second place with his finished second round of -4 under 67, giving him a -13 under par total.

Currently in third place is Aaron Wise, a -7 under round with only 14 holes completed gives him third on his own at -12 under par. Aaron is the only player with an unfinished round who can change the top of the leaderboard, when he resumes his second round tomorrow.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Bad Light Stops Play.

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The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was halted in round one due to darkness at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, where Rod Pampling had a chance of  59.

The 11-under 60 in his opening round was Pampling's best round ever on the PGA TOUR. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Rod had a par on the last before singing for a -11 under par 60 on the TPC Summerlin course in the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

He spoke about the missed opportunities, and the tap in Eagle on the par five 16th;

“Just one of those as soon as I hit it, I knew it was good, didn’t know it was that good where I could just tap it in, but I knew it was good.”

“The putt on 17 just fell short in the jaws and on 18 I gave myself a bad read.”

“I thought it was straight, but it just had that little left to right.”

“I studied the hole a lot, and I looked at the book, all these new books have the slopes and everything in it.”

“I was looking at it and making sure I was spot on.”

“My eyes were telling me it was pretty straight. I hit it straight. It was on line when it started.”

“It just had a little tail on it. I’m glad I gave it a chance. It didn’t come up short. I just picked a bad line.”

John Huh and Brooks Koepka share second place, at -9 under, two shots back of the leader, after their opening rounds of 62.

Brooks was happy with his putting today;

“I obviously made a lot of putts today.”

“I feel like I was striking the ball well. Speed was a lot better than it was last week.”

“So grinded hard early on in the week making sure the putting was right, and it showed today.”

John said he was able to put himself into good positions today;

“If you put yourself in position, I think you can score low.”

 “If you don’t, then you’re going to struggle. I was able to put myself in a good spots.”

Billy Horschel is fourth, at -7 under after his -7 under 64, he was also happy to get his putter working;

“Been working really hard, it was nice to see the putter working.”



Australian PGA Championship, Popovic Prevails.

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Daniel Popovic prevailed at the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday at the Palmer Coolum Resort golf course, to win by four shots after beginning the last round with a two shot advantage. Daniel  kept his emotions in check to par the last hole for a closing 69 to finish the tournament at 16-under par and claim his first professional victory. A delighted Daniel said;

“I can’t believe this has happened. I really just can’t believe it”

Anthony Brown finished in a tie for second on -12 under par along with Rod Pampling. Tied in fourth place was Geoff Ogilvy and Brad Kennedy at -11 under par. Big talking Peter Senior failed to match his arrogant rhetoric before the final round, falling to a +5 over par round of 77. No big winds to give him an advantage this week, with his broomstick putter. That should give the R&A and the U.S.G.A  something to ponder over before announcing their anchoring decision.

Congratulations to Daniel, I hope this win will be the first of many more.

The McGladrey Classic Round 1

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Bud Cauley shares the lead at the McGladrey Classic on the Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia, after the opening round, with fellow American Marco Dawson. Both players took advantage of the course to fire in rounds of -8 under par, 62.

Bud has already earned $1.7 million dollars this year and has moved up to position 55 in the World Golf Rankings, all achieved without a win. He hopes this tournament will change the zero in the win column;

”Obviously, I’ve thought about winning every tournament I’ve teed up in this year. ‘It’s been a long year, and although I’ve played a lot this year, I haven’t won. It’s still a goal of mine, but I’m not thinking about that while I’m out there, or putting any more pressure on myself this week. The season is kind of winding down. It would be great to win here.”

Marco Dawson is in a totally different position, this tournament it is the penultimate PGA Tour event on the schedule that counts toward the money list, with Marco way down at No. 216 on the list and with only $62,026 in his 20 tournaments this year. Realistically Marco has to win The McGladrey Classic to avoid a return to Q-school, his year has gone so awry that  he doesn’t even look at the money list anymore.

”I’m so far away from it that the only thing I can do is just try and play well. And when I am playing well, just to keep it going instead of kind of messing it up like I have during the year.”

Boo Weekly is one of three players tied for third place with rounds of  -6 under par 64. Boo has changed to a new thicker putter grip, something that we at White Dragon Golf always recommend, and it has dramatically altered his putting stats, sinking putts from 14, 7, 15, 8, and 7 feet. Boo is currently at 121 on the money list, and is aware of the danger;

“I’m pretty aware of it, The last two weeks I’ve actually played pretty good but I just seem to get nothing out of my round. It just gets more frustrating. The more frustrated you get out here you start getting negative, you start talking trash to yourself saying, ‘You ain’t gonna make the cut because you can’t make this 5-footer. You missed three already the first five holes.’ It just kind of wears on your mind.  It’s been a long time coming, finally started making some putts. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty good the last few weeks and finally today the putts showed up. It just felt good, started making some putts and that started building some confidence.”

The other two players tied at third with Boo are, England’s Greg Owen and Rod Pampling from Australia.